Blog: Clutter in Your Head and Heart — Gaining The Inside Advantage

Handmade basket

Handmade basket for holding special memories


Do you carry excess baggage around with you most of the time? I’m referring to the stuff we don’t want or need—the negative thoughts and emotions in our heads and hearts. Last week we talked about clutter in our surroundings; this week we’ll begin to look inside.

Are you ready for the journey?

Some of this excess baggage is from the past, while some of it comes from future expectations. Why do we hang on to what we know is detrimental?

Maybe it’s just a habit, something to which we are accustomed. It is very uncomfortable for us to haul around these heavy burdens, but we do it anyway. We may be afraid to let go of something that has become an integral part of who we are. Maybe we are filled with regrets. We know how to feel angry, hurt, and guilty; we may be used to feeling afraid and worrying. We may not know what it feels like to be free of this negative energy. Negative feelings weigh us down and keep us from living our lives fully and freely. Focusing on them wastes time and robs us of valuable energy. This can take an enormous toll on our health and enjoyment of life.

When we allow ourselves to let go of these harmful emotions, there is more room in our hearts for peace, joy, and love.

One thing you can do to help yourself is to first become more aware by examining negative emotions and discovering what you are carrying as excess baggage.

Click here to find a partial list of negative emotions to review (taken from my book The Inside Advantage:  How Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Things) Second Edition eBook. Think about which ones you’ve experienced in the past few days, weeks, or months.

In the coming weeks we’ll be taking a closer look at some specific emotions such as anger, guilt, regret, fear and worry.

Thanks for joining me this week. Enjoy your moments!

Blessings, Love and Light,

Copyright 1999, 2014 Cathy W. Lauro


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